Ceramic Industry

Washington Mills Breaks Ground on 10,000-Ton Silicon Carbide Expansion

May 3, 2010

Washington Mills has started construction to expand its silicon carbide furnace plant in Hennepin, Ill. The new construction will add an additional 10,000 tons per year of silicon carbide crude manufacturing capacity, bringing the total to 70,000 tons. The expansion is expected to be completed in late 2010.

Washington Mills is expanding its silicon carbide crude production in order to take advantage of the growing demand for its CARBOREX® silicon carbide microgrits and powders. The best way to produce CARBOREX silicon carbide powders to requested specifications is to control the manufacturing process from start to finish. Expanding its silicon carbide furnace plant gives Washington Mills control over the quality of the silicon carbide crude used as feedstock to produce high-quality CARBOREX microgrits. The company expects that the increased production capacity will allow it to continue supplying sales opportunities for CARBOREX powders in the semiconductor, photovoltaic and advanced ceramic industries, as well as in standard abrasive applications.

The company’s website is located at www.washingtonmills.com.